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In Brief: Different Diets
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A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms something that others, including The Medical Letter (Treat Guidel Med Lett 2008; 6:23), have been saying for years: no particular combination of protein, carbohydrate and fat in the diet offers any advantage in losing weight. This randomized 2-year trial followed 800 overweight and obese subjects on low fat/average protein, low fat/high protein, high fat/average protein, and high fat/high protein diets. Carbohydrate intake varied from 35% (in the high fat/high protein diet) to 65% (in the low fat/average protein diet). All patients were advised to undertake 90 minutes of moderate exercise per week and given a “caloric prescription” to produce a deficit of 750 kcal per day. Most participants lost weight in the first 6 months and regained some thereafter. There was no significant difference in weight loss between different diets and ... more      

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